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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Saw #JusticeLeague this evening

[VIDEO] I'm going to let John Campea do more talking about this movie. If I had seen the above video before seeing the 6 PM show I'd know what he was mostly talking about.

Since the start of the DC extended universe in 2013 with Man of Steel it seems the new series of films had starts in fits and starts. Man of Steel was OK there were some parts of the movie that threw me and basically they killed off Zod from Kryton so early.

Now I liked Batman vs. Superman though the whole film wasn't that good. Batman to me stole the show though in reading other reviews many had a serious issue with Batman as a cold killer. The Dark Knight or Caped Crusader showed he was a bad man in facing down the hoodlums of Gotham and Superman. It was a bit goofy how using Martha - the name of both Clark's mother & Bruce Wayne's - stopped the epic fight between DC Comics two most iconic superheroes.

I also liked Suicide Squad also problem is they threw in the Joker. I recognize that they threw in the Joker because Harley Quinn was in it - because she's been introduced to the main DC universe and is no longer exclusive to the DC animated universe. The first part seemed to have been humming along, the second half well I didn't get it. And again we get a glimpse of Batman & The Flash with a special appearance by Bruce Wayne near the end seeking to provide Amanda Waller cover.

The next movie changed the direction of the DC extended universe, Wonder Woman. Using the Great War (The first World War) was a nice touch that worked and contrasted with the canonical second World War origins of the superheroine. She fought the German Empire as easily as she fought the Nazi's Third Reich. It was quite an introduction especially if her introduction into Batman v. Superman wasn't as satisfying.

Finally we have the long awaited Justice League. Ah the Easter eggs I want to talk about we seem some hints of other DC super heroes in this one though nothing from them yet - and yes there will be other movies about these other characters. It was great to see Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg interact with each other. At first there was some hostility, then eventually they came together to fight a common antagonist. We even see a certain superhero who died in Batman vs. Superman return to finish the fight.Yeah I know a bit of a spoiler but if you've been paying attention to the trailers you already know Superman is coming back.

Just like Wonder Woman, the audience applauded and I missed the scene after the credits. There was a mid-credits scene that I saw, however, since I was at the movies far later than usual it was time for me to go. I may go see this film one more time to see this final scene. Although they could've ended this with the mid-credits scene which was very satisfying...and the audience also applauded that!

BTW, DC extended universe films aren't known for these end credits scene are they stealing a trick out of the page of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? I could like without it though only provided if they advance the story of the DC universe.

Also, I've never caught a midnight show, however, I've noticed over the years that they have slowly fallen out of favor. Basically if a blockbuster is expected to come out on Friday - in general - you can be amongst the first to catch it starting at 6 PM on Thursday. Of course this depends upon the venue where you seek to watch the movie. All the same I enjoyed this experience although a long way from saying this is something to do again. Perhaps for the right movie - the right geeky movie!

Go see Justice League, it gets a thumbs up from me!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Mark Dice: Anti-White Racism on the Rise in America

[VIDEO] I've been following Mark Dice, who just so happens to be an outspoken right-wing YouTuber for quite a while now. Today's video he takes on "anti-white racism" and it's certainly a subject worth discussing.

On ocassion as of late this issue has been explored here. What exactly is "white privilege"? The concept was somewhat explained in a video found from the BBC last year - posted at "The Moleskine". One aspect of this is that a Black man who doesn't speed, run red lights or anything like that is more likely to get stopped than a white man who does the same thing.

To be fair I have a concept of "white privilege" and the privilege could be inherent advantages based upon ethnicity or skin color. Perhaps a leg up on a job, an advantage as far as credit, or even an advantage as far as the justice system. At least that's my concept of white privilege.

Unfortunately what does Dice discuss in his latest video? Well to put my own spin on it, the idea of white privilege has caused some elements here in the nation to engage in some irrational acts. Noted in this video there had be an article from The Root where it is argued whites who are in interracial relationships and biracial children still aren't absolved of their racism. No matter what white people are going to be racist, and yes this does remind me of something - i.e. if you're a man you're always misogynist & racist.

Anyway back to The Root:
We know that the number of black men who date white women far exceeds the number of black women who date white men. Nor are black women exalted by society the way white women are. In the few interracial relationships that I’ve seen with black women and white men, the black women are usually still remarkably black as fuck, and they still defend all black people (with a few exceptions).

And we can’t ignore the inherent sexual stereotypes that have marred black people for centuries. Black men and women have been seen as sexual beasts since we arrived in this country. Black men with their oversized penises, black women with their oversized breasts and asses, and both with their oversized sexual appetite became a sick fetish meant only for white pleasure.

When people say they can’t be racist because they have a black child, I laugh, as if the insertion of black penis into white vagina or white penis into black vagina is some magical act that wipes you clean of all your racism. As if there isn’t porn specifically dedicated to the subjugation of black women by white men. As if white demure housewives being beasted by a group of sex-crazed black men aren’t trending on YouPorn. As if slave owners and their sympathizers didn’t have children by black women while simultaneously writing laws that kept slavery legal and/or otherwise contributing to the subjugation of black people (Thomas Jefferson and Strom Thurmond, just to name a few).
Also we learned that at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado some racist graffitti was found in the dorms there. One problem after an investigation the racist grafitti was done by a Black student there. So in performing this hoax, this individual merely screws up an opportunity at a service academy - which essentially provides tuition-free college education with a commitment to serve in the Air Force. I didn't intend to excerpt this, but just have to now:
“The individual admitted responsibility and this was validated by the investigation,” academy spokesman Lt. Col. Allen Herritage said in a statement to the Associated Press, adding: “Racism has no place at the academy, in any shape or form.”

The cadet candidate accused of crafting the messages was not identified, but the Colorado Springs Gazette reported that the individual is no longer enrolled at the school. Sources also told the Gazette the cadet candidate “committed the act in a bizarre bid to get out of trouble he faced at the school for other misconduct,” the newspaper reported.
What a shame! Manufactured controversy, just deflecting using some very incendiary accusations.

Also I shared the article Dice starts off with in this video also over at "The Moleskine". An op-ed asking whether or not Black children can be friends with white children. Life in 2017 and questions worth answering even in the era of President Donald Trump.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Saw "LBJ" & "Marshall" this week

Sort of ironic at roughly the same time two movies about these two pivotal historical figures of American history. Lyndon Baines Johnson was the 36th POTUS from the State of Texas and sadly elevated to the Presidency after the assassination of the 35th POTUS John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas. As for Thurgood Marshall, after a long legal career especially as chief counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, President Johnson appointed Marshal to the US Supreme Court in 1967.

The events of both movies take place roughly 20 years apart. Marshall takes place in 1940 when he takes up the case of a Black man accused of raping a woman whose household employed him as a driver. As portrayed in the film he was going from town to town defending Blacks accused of crimes they didn't commit and doing whatever he could to insure they got fair trials.

In LBJ we see President Johnson campaigning behind the scenes for the Presidency. It seemed he was hesitant to really announce for the Democratic nomination in 1960 and expected to swoop in and steal it from the Kennedy. Well he had already been a powerful US Senator as Democratic Majority Leader. That unfortunately never carried him through and we see ultimately Kennedy - perhaps over the objection of his inner circle especially his brother Bobby - ask Johnson to run with him as Vice President.

While Marshall takes place during the course of 1940, LBJ basically takes place during the years 1959 to about 1963-64. And yes the assassination in Dallas was part of the story and then of course the aftermath of the assassination with Johnson taking over the Presidency in the wake of JFK's untimely death.

I want to share with you this column from a nephew of Sam Friedman - who was one of the main characters in Marshall. The columnist Roger Friedman takes time to reminds us that many of these movies that are based on real life events are fictionalized. The fiction of the stories told to us - especially since some of us weren't around to experience them first hand - are used to advance the plot.

Perhaps everything depicted in LBJ aside from what we know from history isn't entirely true. The same could be said for Marshall say for example neither Marshall nor Friedman got assaulted thanks to their involvement in this racially charged rap case. Also perhaps the future justice Marshall didn't actually tell his partner Friedman twice - "F*ck you". Those who do screenplays for historical movies or period pieces have to make them interesting to us the audience.

In my opinion both films had and they both relate to a certain period of American history. I could say Marshall the events took place before the Civil Rights movement heated up by the 1950s - 60s. Thurgood Marshall was already fighting the good fight long before Martin Luther King Jr arrived on the scene.

Conversely the end of the movie LBJ concerned President Lyndon Johnson's drive to pass his predecessor's - John F. Kennedy - civil rights legislation. The movie portrays Johnson as being able to relate to his fellow Southern Democrats to get them on board - though he likely didn't get them all on board. If it wasn't for his conduct of the Vietnam War, Johnson would've been one of our greatest Presidents.

Unfortunately I didn't see either film when they first came out. I can only wonder how received they were at the time of release. I could easily see Marshall as a Black movie, but it had a far more diverse crowd which isn't a bad thing. It's great to know a film like Marshall could potentially have broad appeal even if it's possible the intended audience had no interest. Especially at a time where there is further concern over the American justice system and their treatment of minorities.

Here are the trailers for both films.

Marshall [VIDEO]
LBJ [VIDEO]

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

One year ago...

The American version of "Brexit" happened. Trump's ascension to the White House is seen as something of a populist uprising in America. Especially an uprising of these white working class voters whom Donald Trump began to attract.

The themes were to secure our border - which has been said by a small amount of Republicans especially and we hear it through Trump. Another theme was bring back these manufacturing jobs which is something I'm not sure is achievable, however, Americans were good at making products and perhaps we need to get back to that. Drain the swamp is something I can agree with for sure. Let's not forget about immigration putting up a wall on the Mexican border and vetting who is coming into our nation - especially from these warzones in the Middle East.

I'm sure there were many who were uncertain about the direction the United States is going. To start, I had a friend who truly believed America will get screwed with Trump and we'd have been less screwed with Mrs. Clinton. His over the top reaction - and I don't view him as a progressive or liberal or left - certainly does match up with those Hillary Clinton supporters who thought about the worst instincts of Americans who voted for our current President. For example, America is still misogynistic or racist making a vote a black & white indication of the true values an individual holds.

While my vote didn't go to Trump one year ago, let me dispell that notion right now. American's didn't elect our former Secretary of State under President Barack Obama because they were misogynistic or racist, it was more likely because Ms. Clinton didn't really stand for anything. The fact that people supported her and expected her to win was more about the direction they believed America was going. Clinton becoming the first woman elected President showed them that America was more tolerant, but not because she had this great vision to "Make America Great Again".

See what I did there? That need not be only Trump's message - as it turns out enduring message adapted for his current jaunt into Asia plastered onto white hats and presented to the Japanese Prime Minister. Hillary even as a person decidedly a dedicated leftist politician - even for cynical reasons - could make America great with all those wonderful programs that I couldn't tell you what they were. Not because there were none, but nothing sticks out about her.

Another illustration of the expectations of last year and the shockwaves that resulted could be seen in this great SNL sketch that features Dave Chappel & Chris Rock. Chappel's character in this sketch already had some realistic notions far removed from those white progressive Clinton supporters. I shared the video on this blog last year.
With this said I would like to share some tweets that marks this day. I wanted to share some footage from election night 2016, but didn't find anything right away so I'm just giving you the one-year later reactions. And my focus will be on President Trump and Hillary Clinton.
You notice Trump in his competitiveness had to note the electoral college margin. 270 to win it and he crushed with securing 304 electoral votes. Winning a few states that were previously blue - Wisconsin, Michigan & Pennsylvania. What he did in 2016 is nothing to sneeze at and he put in the work to do so.

As for Hillary Clinton she shared this tweet highlighting the fact that Clinton actually won the popular vote last year while Trump won the electoral college vote. And I got wind of this via Gateway Pundit who let's us know that the twitter backlash to this from conservatives was quick.
There you have it. From this day last year to tonight has been an interesting whole year!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

#Bitcoin

[VIDEO] I've been keenly interesting in learning more about bitcoin. Bitcoin is a crytpocurrency created in 2009 by "Satoshi Nakamoto" - the name is placed in quotes because the world doesn't know the identity of this person or persons. All we know is that there was a paper in their name, a computer program for bitcoins, and several forum posts and then a few years after developing botcoin this alias vanished. That's the story you see above from CNBC.

Back in 2009 I was on the verge of graduating from Morehouse College. Upon achieving my degree it was time to look for job which would happen by that fall. It was also safe to say, my finances were in the red with not a lot of income back then and student loans. Perhaps I was a long way from being able to take advantages of bitcoin with the low prices back in the early part of this decade. A small investment back then would provide nothing but significant returns now. You can check current bitcoin prices here.

While it seems one could make money from bitcoin, I have been advised that it's still considered make believe money. Since it mainly exists in cyberspace it's not real thus it's better to invest in something that exists in the real world such as a precious metal. And also the possibility that if something goes wrong with hardware or software the crytocurrenty can go up in smoke.

On the other hand, one good use for bitcoin I have seen is that if you need to sent money somewhere for example sending money to relatives in an unfriendly nation. No need for banks or a Western Union to be the middle man. Use the peer-to-peer network to send the bitcoins to where they need to go and those on the receiving end will get their cold hard cash from the crytocurrency.

You can read more about advantages & disadvantages here. Meanwhile through a variety of sources online and offline my goal is to continue gaining more knowledge of this.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Straight Black male privilege, part 2

[VIDEO] I will share another reaction piece along with another article that's could be described as anti-straight Black male. Anthony Brian Logan had to discuss this new piece as he had one that suggested that "straight Black males are the white people of Black people". Of course here are some excerpts from this article which was shared to my other blog.
When I finally grew the courage to ask someone who I knew would tell me the blatant, honest truth, a radical Black woman and lifelong friend of mine, she gave me a short checklist that sounded something like this:
  • Do you call women by dehumanizing names like Bit**, Hoe, female etc.?
  • Do you abide by the “bro code?”
  • Do you take advantage of women emotionally? Sexually?
  • Do you love all women… including gay, trans, unattractive, dark-skinned, etc. women?
  • Do you speak over women or use your male privilege to dominate discussions?
  • Do you fetishize, objectify, or sexualize the bodies of women?
  • Do you call your friends and family out when they make oppressive statements and actions?
While the list was certainly not extensive and all-encompassing of the toxicity in the way which I viewed the world, it was truly a moment of self-realization for me.
Check out that bullet list. I would feel wrong for calling a woman a b*tch especially to her face. And why do men refer to women as females I never understood that. I have no clue what this "bro-code" is someone will have to explain. It's not important for me to take advantage of a woman emotionally or sexually this is not something I would do. I want a woman to like me, but not resent me because I took advantage of a situation.

Here's this male privilege? I understand this idea of "white-male privilege" now that definition has expanded to straight Black men - now straight Black men have male privilege. Are Black men having it so good at the expense of Black women? This can only cause me to question this idea of "white-male privilege". Of course it's never good to dominate a discussion, especially a reasonable discussion.

Heh, as straight men we like women - so I'm not sure what to say about "fetishize, objectify or sexualize" women's bodies. What I can say is that if I'm oriented not towards sex with a woman, but a relationship then she has to have more than her body. If she has beauty a body, but with a wicked attitude her beauty body means nothing at that point. I'll just focus on what's certainly incompatible with me as far as a relationship.

Also as far as out of line or "oppressive" statements and actions towards women, I wish I could do a better job of that. As stated in another post - the #MeToo - where I know men who have essentially objectified women they found attractive. Or otherwise put their focus and comments on her body and focused on getting a date or whatever.

Here's the big one to address do I love all women? I would love a woman as my friend or as a significant other. And yes she could be a lesbian or straight or obese or dark-skinned, etc. As for trans well Anthony Brian Logan says the right thing:
One of the recommendations in the list, if followed, would have Ryan violate his own sexuality and masculinity. She said that he should love all women, even if they were gay or TRANS! Transgender women are NOT WOMEN! If a heterosexual man loves a transgender woman, in a way that’s not friends or family, now you have officially made him change his sexual orientation.
Ah, this is the perfect time to discuss this idea of transphobia. You're not even allowed to have dating preferences that involved a person's natural gender. So if you're a man and you don't want to date a transwoman - BIGOT. You're a woman who doesn't want to date a transwoman - BIGOT! If you're seeking a relationship you do have the right to choose who you want to be with and without being called a bigot, transphobe, racist, etc. You can't force yourself to date or be attracted to someone that you just aren't.

Allow me to end it with this:
I say 99% of Black men are sexist and misogynistic not because we are any more guilty than men of other races. Not even because it’s probably true. But because as a Black man, I am most concerned with how it continues to impose violence upon our women and plague our communities, relationships, and liberations movements.
I don't think what's written in this article is about liberation, it's about more division. And what violence is being imposed upon women? We definitely want to discourage physical or sexual violence. Is the writer suggesting that we concern ourselves with other forms of violence that is neither physical nor sexual? Could our words and actions - especially if it's not physical at all - be considered violence against women?

I suspect the author of this piece is listening to a friend with a radical agenda. It's up to him if he chooses to internalize it, it's also up to him if he chooses to listen to those individuals who choose to target him as a sexist and misogynist even if he had believed that he supports and respects women. It's entirely possible that no matter what he does even if he follows those bullet points that he may never please those who think of him as sexist and misogynist.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Have I ever had a "red pill" moment?

Ernest Duffo
I'm a long way from saying there was a "red pill" moment in my past. I seemed to have come across relatively conservative or right of center political beliefs rather early - well at least by the time I was in high school. Still there is not that one moment that caused me to flip, it could be instinctual.

There is one red pill moment to point on from my life and it involves education. To be honest I really hated going to school. While I didn't really have many friends back then that was the only thing I looked forward to was seeing my friends. It was a routine that I had grown used to.

Regardless I hated it primarily because - as I later began to realize - it was something I had to do. There was no choice for me in the matter whether by law or expectation of the parents. I had to endure public education and all the trials & tribulations. For the most part I didn't enjoy it!

The bias & strict discipline of teachers. In fact my teachers back in grammar school still performed some form of corporal punishment and in front of students to their delight it seems. One of the teachers I had in school - one I still respect - had little problem throwing around the idea of a whoopin. While I never saw him engage in it, he was of that school himself.

Of course the idea of school is socialization and I hated that. Kids can be quite cruel to other kids - not that I'm exempting myself I participated in some of it admittedly. Still there was some of that going on for the slightest of issues body odor, fashion, grades, income, etc. It took me years to realize the many issues that many of my peers may have had at home and yet it got magnified when they came to school. For the most part they had to find a way to deal with it because it was what it was to the adults.

The real red-pill moment was when I finally arrived in the 8th grade it was the end of my time in elementary school and part of this story was taking a test for the US and state constitutions. I had a teacher who I now believe was a union shill. He didn't mind telling us that we better hope the Republicans don't get elected. Back in those days perhaps it was a fear of many teachers that Republicans in power meant cuts to public education. More than likely the fear was more about them losing their jobs or at least that's what I concluded years later.

Little did this man know that with our studies on the constitution he merely woke me up to our political system and it was something I was going to study at Morehouse College years later. If he wanted to create another generation of reliable voters to his cause, he caused me to go in another direction politically. Probably wasn't a goal of his, but my goal wasn't necessarily to just blindly go along with what he or anyone else said.

Although there are other examples in my time with public education of things that were wrong, he later became one example. His attempt at politicking was one example. Another example was holding up his wad of cash as an example of "economic slavery". Me being a dumb silly kid back in the 8th grade contrasted with his seriousness as a teacher. I realize now that he didn't entirely care for me and certainly in far more subtle ways made clear what his feelings were of me to my parents.

He may have had his fans and I wasn't one for sure. However, IMHO he probably didn't have the temperament to be a teacher. Though for sure he had a stable job until the day he chooses to retire and with a generous pension that he's surely living on today. Regardless if it wasn't for him I wouldn't have the interest in politics which is one of the many subjects you'll see on my many blogs to this day.

Now as far as education, I have no children. I'm definitely a long way from knowing the pulse of public education. When I do have children my goal is to find the best schools for my children because even though education is considered an entitlement, a great education is a privilege and something worth fighting for. It's not up to the school system it's really up to parents as they have to provide for their children. Though I do recognize not all parents share those same desires of insuring their children gets a great education.

All the same, that is one possible red pill moment for me. One party or the other doesn't entirely hold the key for funding public education. If someone is concerned about that issue it's really about their livelihoods. Also it's possible to inspire opposition more so that instant support...

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#MeToo

I've never interacted with people - at least that I know of - who have been victims of sexual assault. It's possible seeing these many posts on social media that I've interacted with mainly women who were victims of sexual harassment. This should help me keep in mind that I and other men should be careful of our body language and words to women.

Of course I also learned through Terry Crews a former NFL player turned actor that men can also be sexually assaulted or harassed. Perhaps it's a lot more common with men than we realize. There is a lot of focus on women - which is understandable - men are expected to handle their business and take care of themselves.

The stories I've seen out there of "me too" give me some pause. Stories of outright molestation as children or even inappropriate comments of men making crude comments based upon appearance. There are even stories of sexual assaults as adolescents or even as adults. I can now recognize the extensiveness of the these issues and for how long many have dealt with them.

What I can say is men like to look at women and vice-versa, perhaps this attention does make some people uncomfortable. And believe me I have recognized this although no harm was intended. There have been times I hadn't not only minded my body language, but my words as well. It's something I can always strive to do much better with as a man.

With this said I have been around men or even women who don't always mind their body language or words. Sometimes the men I've met have been out there as far as the attractive women around them. Less commonly there have been a handful of women who were the same way. They can start running their mouths and perhaps forcefully when they find men who are attractive.

Finally seeing the #MeToo and some of these stories I had comment that it's a shame that it took the Harvey Weinstein scandal to bring this out. Also it took the decade old recording of Donald Trump and Billy Bush released during last year's presidential race to also bring out these stories of sexual harassment and assault. These are definitely conversations we should always have.

Someone out there has been in a situation that made them uncomfortable. Also someone out there has been assaulted by someone. Hopeful the more stories come out as far as what happened between everyday people, the more many of us will be far more mindful.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Remembering a mudered civil rights pioneer

Alberta Jones
Upon finding out about an article from Very Smart Bros I also found this article from the New York Times which I will share with you today.
I want to say, how very sorry I had been about finally discover this. A young black woman Alberta Jones an attorney was beaten and thrown into the Ohio River and left to drown in August 1965. Why was she murdered? She came back to Louisville, Kentucky to shake things up after graduating from the Howard University Law School. Shaking things up was certainly a dangerous thing to do back then especially in the segregated south.
Alberta Jones is the civil rights pioneer almost no one knows. She was Louisville’s first female black prosecutor and negotiated the first fight contract for Muhammad Ali, her neighbor. She registered thousands of African-American voters in the 1960s and paved the way for a ban on racial discrimination by local theaters and lunch counters.
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Ms. Jones’s name is absent from the annals of civil rights martyrs of the 1960s, perhaps because there is no clear evidence that her death was racially or politically motivated. Louisville, on the dividing line between North and South, largely avoided the harshest violence of the era, like church bombings and the murder of civil rights workers by white supremacists, and today does not have the immediate resonance of, say, Birmingham, Ala.

Still, the city Ms. Jones returned to in 1959 after graduating from Howard University School of Law was deeply segregated. Blacks could not enter movie theaters or restaurants in the city’s commercial heart, Fourth Street, or try on clothes at department stores.

Ms. Jones helped establish the Independent Voters Association, which registered 6,000 African-Americans. Voting as a bloc, blacks replaced the mayor of Louisville and many of the city’s aldermen in 1961. Two years later these officials outlawed racial discrimination in businesses, the first public accommodation ordinance of its kind in the South.

“We taught the Negros how to use that voting machine,” Ms. Jones told The Courier-Journal in March 1965. It was shortly after she became a city prosecutor, the first woman of any race in that job in Louisville. “When I got back home a lot of people said, ‘You’ve got two strikes against you: You’re a woman and you’re a Negro,’” she told the newspaper. “Yeah, but I’ve still got one strike left, and I’ve seen people get home runs when all they’ve got left is one strike.”

Ms. Jones lived in Louisville’s majority-black West End with her mother and sister, just a couple of blocks from the young Cassius Clay. In 1960, the future Muhammad Ali hired her to represent him when he turned professional. She negotiated a contract with 11 white millionaires, the famous Louisville Sponsoring Group. Protective of her client, she insisted that 15 percent of his winnings be held in trust until he turned 35, with Ms. Jones serving as a co-trustee. Today the contract hangs on the wall of the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville.
I sincerely hope that after over 50 years that Ms. Jones will finally get justice for her murder. Unfortunately she gave her life fighting for the civil rights of Blacks in Louisville. And this article illustrates that investigators are continuing to look for her killers. Unfortunately the passage of time has made that very difficult.
On the night Ms. Jones was murdered, Aug. 5, 1965, witnesses saw two black males drag a screaming woman into the back seat of a car like the Ford Fairlane Ms. Jones was driving, according to police records. Her body, with trauma to the head and face, was retrieved from the river near an amusement park in the West End. A large quantity of blood stained the back seat of the Fairlane, discovered nearby, which she had rented while her own car was in the shop.

Ms. [Flora] Shanklin believes that whoever murdered her sister was paid by others. “I don’t know who, but she stepped on some toes,” she said.
There has been some breaks and some connections to this murder. A print was matched to someone who is an elderly man now but was only 17 back then. Regardless hopefully there will be justice for Jones, however, steps are being taken to recognize her contributions:
Next month a Louisville civic group plans to hang a giant banner with Ms. Jones’s portrait on a bank building on Muhammad Ali Boulevard. It will join other portraits downtown honoring prominent people with Louisville roots, including Diane Sawyer and Colonel Harland Sanders of fast-food fame.

Professor Remington hopes the banner will prick someone’s memory — or conscience — about what happened to Ms. Jones 52 years ago. “She spent her whole life fighting for others,” she said. “It’s time somebody started fighting for her.”
I'm a long way from Louisville, Kentucky which is about five hours away from Chicago - yes I know this thanks to the many trip taken on the Greyhound through the city and with layovers. Hopefully someone will fight for her.

As you read this article you noticed she represents the late boxing champion Muhammad Ali right. There was an angle to Ms. Jones' murder involved the Nation of Islam. Ali was at one point associated with them.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Straight Black male privilege

[VIDEO] I posted the video from Anthony Brian Logan above over at E.M. last month and he discussed an article making its rounds on social media discussing "straight Black men are the white people of Black people". Huh? What does that even mean?

Well here's just a flavor of what's being written over at Very Smart Bros because this is their article:
It feels counterintuitive to suggest that straight black men as a whole possess any sort of privilege—particularly the type of privilege created for and protected by whiteness. In America, we are near or at the bottom in every relevant metric determining quality of life. Our arrest and incarceration rates, our likelihood of dying a violent death, our likelihood of graduating high school and attending college, our employment rates, our average net worth, our likelihood of surviving past 70—I could continue, but the point is clear.

But assessing our privilege (or lack thereof) on these facts considers only our relationship with whiteness and with America. Intraracially, however, our relationship to and with black women is not unlike whiteness’s relationship to us. In fact, it’s eerily similar.

We’re the ones for whom the first black president created an entire initiative to assist and uplift. We’re the ones whose beatings and deaths at the hands of the police galvanize the community in a way that the beatings and sexual assaults and deaths that those same police inflict upon black women do not. We’re the ones whose mistreatment inspired a boycott of the NFL despite the NFL’s long history of mishandling and outright ignoring far worse crimes against black women. We are the ones who get the biggest seat at the table and the biggest piece of chicken at the table despite making the smallest contribution to the meal.
So Black men or straight Black men have "privilege". Since Donald Trump became our President we've been hearing more about white male privilege and that actually makes some sense. Although to be fair the demonization of white males are really uncalled for. I do however understand where the idea comes from and sometimes I have to unwrap my mind from that idea.

With that said straight Black male privilege is certain an odd concept. If this is all about the struggle of Blacks in America why even decide to separate us like this. Black males have had a hard time in America and perhaps Black women has it worse. The last thing I want to ignore is any crimes against Black women - well really any women for that matter.

Still straight Black male privilege? Let's go further:
But when black women share that we pose the same existential and literal danger to them that whiteness does to us; and when black women ask us to give them the benefit of the doubt about street harassment and sexual assault and other forms of harassment and violence we might not personally witness; and when black women tell us that allowing our cousins and brothers and co-workers and niggas to use misogynistic language propagates that culture of danger; and when black women admit how scary it can be to get followed and approached by a man while waiting for a bus or walking home from work; and when black women articulate how hurtful it is for our reactions to domestic abuse and their rapes and murders to be “what women need to do differently to prevent this from happening to them” instead of “what we (men) need to do differently to prevent us from doing this to them,” their words are met with resistance and outright pushback. After demanding from white people that we’re listened to and believed and that our livelihoods are considered, our ears shut off and hearts shut down when black women are pleading with us.

Making things worse is that black women and girls are also black people in America—a fact we seem to forget whenever possessing a bad memory is convenient. The effects of racism—metaphysical and literal—and the existential dread and dangers felt when existing while black are not exclusive to black men and boys. They face the same racisms we do and the same doubts from whites about whether the racism actually exists that we do, and then they’re forced to attempt to convince their brothers and partners and friends and fathers and cousins and lovers of the dangers of existing as black women, and they’re met with the same doubts. The same resistance. The same questions. They are not believed in the (predominantly white) world or in their (predominantly black) communities. And we (black men) remain either uninterested in sincerely addressing and destructing this culture of danger and pervasive doubt or refuse to admit it even exists.
And yet straight Black males have privilege. Black women should be and are defended by strong males especially from disrespect. Whether this is from other Black men or men from other ethnicities.

At the same time when singling out straight Black men, I wonder if this was going to be a piece about gay Black men. Nothing is mentioned at all about sexual orientation. This was a piece regarding heterosexual Black men and their lack of acknowlegement of Black women's fears with regards to being Black in America.

One thing this piece has done on social media and in this video by Anthony Brian Logan is that it got people talking.